Men's Golf preview: Puerto Rico Classic
Feb. 19, 2011
NEXT UP: Texas (#6 Golfweek/Sagarin) resumes its spring season at the Puerto Rico Classic.
WHERE: Rio Mar Country Club (River Course – par 72, 6,902 yards) – Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 20 through Tuesday, Feb. 22; Texas tees off on Sunday at 8 a.m. local time (6 a.m. Central).
THE TOURNAMENT FIELD (with Golfweek/Sagarin rankings): #4 Alabama, #43 Clemson, East Tennessee State, #14 Georgia, #5 Georgia Tech, #31 Michigan, #17 N.C. State, #32 Northwestern, #22 Ohio State, #42 Oklahoma, #1 Oklahoma State, #30 Purdue, #6 Texas, UNC Greensboro and Virginia Tech.
LAST TIME OUT: Texas placed second at the 20-team Amer Ari Invitational (Feb. 2-4) in Kohala Coast, Hawaii. Senior Bobby Hudson ended the tournament in a three-way tie for first place and was defeated by Oregon’s Daniel Miernicki and UCLA’s Patrick Cantlay in an ensuing playoff.
LAST YEAR AT THE PUERTO RICO CLASSIC: Texas won the 2010 Puerto Rico Classic at 42-under for the tournament, as the Horns finished six shots ahead of second-place Oklahoma State, college golf’s top-ranked team at the time. Cody Gribble led the Horns with a second-place finish at 14-under par. Dylan Frittelli joined him in the top-five, as he tied for fourth place at 11-under par. Gribble, Frittelli and Bobby Hudson will play in the event once again this week for Texas.
Bobby Hudson (Sr. – Memphis, Tenn.)
• 2010 PING/Golfworld and Golfweek honorable mention All-American
• 2010 Sunnehanna Amateur champion
• tied for first at UT’s last event, the Amer Ari Invitational, which he won a season ago
• tied for fifth place at the season-opening Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational
• five top-five finishes last season
Cody Gribble (So. – Dallas, Texas)
Dylan Frittelli (Jr. – Pretoria, South Africa)
Adam Wennerstrom (Jr. – Austin, Texas – playing as an individual)
Toni Hakula (Fr. – Espoo, Finland)
LAST SEASON: Texas placed in the top-five in 11 of 14 events and was victorious at the Puerto Rico Classic and the NCAA East Regional Championship during the 2009-10 season. The Longhorns placed third at the Big 12 Championship and followed the NCAA East Regional by tying for 21st at the NCAA Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn.
WHO RETURNS: Texas returns the All-America trio of junior Dylan Frittelli, sophomore Cody Gribble and senior Bobby Hudson for the 2010-11 season. Collectively, the trio accounts for six NCAA Championships appearances and four individual tournament victories.
Sophomore Johnathan Schnitzer returns after making six starts last season. The Houston native notched a pair of top-25 finishes at the Mauna Lani Invitational and the Morris Williams Intercollegiate. Junior Alex Moon made two starts last season, including the 2009 season opener at The Topy Cup in Japan, where he tied for 24th place.
Senior Chris Causey made one appearance last season and placed 11th at the season-opening Topy Cup. Junior Brett Spencer played three events during the 2009-10 campaign and tied for 28th at the 2009 OIympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational.
Junior Adam Wennerstrom also competed at the 2009 Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational and tied for 33rd place. Texas also welcomes the return of junior Steffan Schmieding, a three-time starter last season, and sophomore Julio Vegas.